Bland mega-pubs and expensive cocktail bars are yet to get a toehold in Footscray. And that’s just how we like it. Footscray’s small owner-operated bars and pubs have down-to-earth personalities and mostly attract local clients. Here are our favourite spots for settling in and enjoying a few with mates.

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The Cheeky Pint

There’s beer matching, pine-lime beer and a beer chandelier. Try all five of the house brews for $50, matched to very beer-friendly food.

231 Barkly Street, Footscray

Hop Nation

Two former winemakers are behind this compact, hard-to-find brewery.

6 107-109 Whitehall Street, Footscray

Bar Josephine

A welcoming space filled with craft beer and classic books.

295 Barkly Street, Footscray

Back Alley Sally's

Your Westside after-work beer is here.

4 Yewers Street, Footscray
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Up In Smoke

Barbeque and a beer garden by the folks from 8bit burgers.

28 Hopkins Street, Footscray
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The local Vietnamese, African and Indian communities inspire the menu at this convivial bar.

223 Barkly Street, Footscray

Mr West

Smashable sauvignon blanc, ciders from Spain and Jamaican pineapple gin are all on the menu at this relaxed bar.

106 Nicholson Street, Footscray

Victoria Hotel Footscray

A stripped-back pub with classic fare and surprising wines.

43 Victoria Street, Footscray